Ticket Prices Soar As Ethiopia Touch Down in Calabar
The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia have arrived Calabar, the capital City of Cross River State for Saturday’s 2014 World Cup second leg play-off clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The Ethiopians touched down at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport on Thursday afternoon on board a chartered flight with some of their fans, who are expected to cheer them to victory against the Eagles before proceeding to their camp at the Channel View hotels.
Ethiopia needs an outright 2-0 victory in Nigeria to seal a place in the Brazil 2014 World Cup after losing at home 2-1 in the first leg match played on October 13 in Addis Ababa, thanks to two superb strikes from Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike.
Fans in Calabar will have to dig deep into their pockets if they hope to watch Nigeria’s Super Eagles take on the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia at the U. J. Esuene Stadium.
The tickets for the game which were made available for purchase on Wednesday cost between N1,000 to as much as N6,000.
While the uncovered popular side goes for N1,000, tickets to the VIP area costs N4,000, while fans who intend to watch the game from the state box extension will have to pay N6,000.
Chijioke Ifenkwe, a fan who is looking forward to making a trip to watch the game from Port Harcourt complained about the price of the tickets to KickOffNigeria.com.
“It doesn’t really make sense when the price of the VIP seats for the evening costs more than my fuel money.”